Tournament Profile
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United States Open Championship
Grand Slam
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Place: Wellington, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Club: International Polo Club
Date: March 28 - April 21, 2012
Level: 26 hcp
Tournament type: Open
WPT Category Ranking: Grand Slam
Winner Points: 150
Finalist Points:
70
Semi Finalist Points:
50
Rest of player Points: 25
Tournament Director: Jimmy Newman


Zacara Polo Team


Review

Double Zacara, Lyndon Lea's foursome retained title

By Alex Webbe

Zacara successfully defended its 2012 US Open Crown with a solid 16-13 win over A Valiente team they lost to just weeks earlier.  I was only weeks earlier that Valiente had beaten Zacara 13-9 a in the finals of the USPA Piaget Gold Cup, but this Sunday belonged to Zacara.  In a neck-and-neck game that had the score tied eight times, Zacara emerged victorious on the strength of a 16-13 win over a powerful Valiente lineup.

“For two days we spent hours and hours reviewing game films,” said Zacara patron, Lyndon Lea.  “We wanted to see what they did differently when they ran all over a team than when they had a closer match,” offered Lea.

The work appeared to pay off, but it was no easy task in the early goings.

Facundo Pieres was on the scoring end of a pass from Magoo Laprida for the first goal of the game to put Zacara in the lead, 1-0.  A minute later Valiente patron Bob Jornayvaz broke free of a Zacara defender to tie it up, 1-1.  A 60-yard penalty conversion from Pieres was answered less than a minute later when Cambiaso converted on a pass from Stirling to tie it up at 2-2.  Mike Azzaro drove the ball through the goalposts when he scored on a 45 yard shot on goal for a 3-2 advantage.   Santi Torres closed out the scoring in the chukker with a pair of penalty conversions for a 4-3 lead.

After seven first chukker goals, the pace became more guarded and deliberate in the second.  Torres stole the ball from Zacara’s Mike Azzaro around midfield and raced down the field for a score on a great individual effort, 5-3.  Pieres added another goal from the penalty line, 5-4.  Magoo Laprida scored for Zacara on a pass from Pieres to tie it up at 5-5.  Valiente had the opportunity to re-take the lead on a penalty shot, but the shot was blocked and the period ended in a 5-5 deadlock.

Third chukker actin got underway with a goal from the field from Pieres at 6:49 for a 6-5 lead.  Cambiaso beat Laprida on a play to the goal, and it was all even at 6-6.  Pelon Stirling scored his first goal of the game for a 7-6 Valiente advantage.  A goal from Torres had Zacara trailing by two, 8-6 at the 1:31 mark, but Laprida drew Zacara within a goal with a score in the final minute of the chukker.  At the end of the first half of play, Valiente held a tenuous 8-7 lead.

It was just over a minute into the second half of play when Stirling’s second goal of the game had Valiente ahead, 9-7, but that was when the tables turned.  Pieres connected on two consecutive 60-yard penalty shots to tie it up at 9-9.  An impressive 100-yrd shot from the field from Pieres split the goalposts and ended the period with Zacara holding on to a delicate 10-9 edge.

Valiente fouled their way into trouble in the opening seconds of the fifth chukker, as Pieres converted another 60-yard penalty shot for a goal, 11-9.  Torres responded with a goal of his own to cut the Zacara lead to a single goal, 11-10.  Pieres added another penalty goal to the Zacara total on a 40-yard penalty conversion, 12-10, when Valiente got back on track.  Valiente took advantage of Zacara miscues to add three more goals to their total.  Cambiaso scored goals on two penalty opportunities to knot it up at 12-12, and Torres gave the lead back to Valiente on his second penalty conversion of the chukker for a 13-12 Valiente lead with one chukker left in regulation time.

Less than a minute into the sixth chukker, 6:37, Pieres tied it up on another penalty conversion.  As Valiente struggled to right the ship, Pieres gave Zacara the lead back, 14-13 on his eighth penalty goal of the match (5:03).  Laprida gave Zacara some breathing room with less than two minutes left on the clock to move Zacara ahead by two goals, 15-13.  Valiente got desperate, and the fouls kept coming.   Valiente found themselves awarded a penalty shot at midfield when Cambiaso protested.  When the umpire placed the ball on the spot, Cambiaso argues the placement of the ball and hit it forward, resulting in a final penalty against Valiente.  For the ninth time, Pieres would convert a penalty shot, and with 1:02 left in the game, Zacara was on top, 16-13.  Cambiaso removed himself from the game, at this point, and Zacara celebrated their successful defense of the US Open trophy.

Pieres led all scoring with an incredible 12 goals, nine on penalty shots, and was named MVP.  Laprida added three goals and Azzaro scored once.  Torres led the Valiente attack with six goals (four on penalties).  Cambiaso scored two of his four goals on penalty shots.  Stirling scored twice and Jornayvaz added a goal in a losing effort.

Bob Jornayvaz’s Medallion (played by Stirling) was named Best Playing Pony while Corcha, a seven-year-old American Thoroughbred Bay mare was named Horse of the Year.

 

 


 

 

2013 Winner
Zacara 16 vs. Valiente 13
Zacara
  Name
 Hcp
Lyndon Lea
1
Cristian Laprida Jr.
8
Facundo Pieres
10
Mike Azzaro
7
 Total 
26
Valiente
  Name
 Hcp
Bob Jornayvaz
0
Santi Torres
6
Pelon Stirling
10
Adolfo Cambiaso
10
 Total 
26

2012 Winner
Zacara 10 vs. Lechuza Caracas 8
Zacara
  Name
 Hcp
Lyndon Lea
1
Cristian Laprida Jr.
8
Facundo Pieres
10
Mike Azzaro
7
 Total 
26
Lechuza Caracas
  Name
 Hcp
Victor Vargas
1
Guillermo Caset Jr.
10
Facundo Obregon
5
Juan Martrin Nero
10
 Total 
26

2011 Winner
Lechuza Caracas 8 vs Audi 6
Lechuza Caracas
  Name
 Hcp
Victor Vargas
1
Guillermo Caset Jr.
9
Juan Martin Nero
10
Martin Espain
6
 Total 
26
Audi
  Name
 Hcp
Marc Ganzi
1
Nicolás Pieres
7
Gonzalo Pieres Jr.
10
Rodrigo Ribeiro de Andrade
8
 Total 
26

2010 Winner
Crab Orchard 13 vs Audi 8
Crab Orchard
  Name
 Hcp
George Rawlings
0
Julio Arellano
8
Adolfo Cambiaso
10
Hilario Ulloa
8
 Total 
26
Audi
  Name
 Hcp
Marc Ganzi
1
Facundo Pieres
10
Gonzalo Pieres Jr.
10
Iñaki Laprida
5
 Total 
26

2009 Winner
Audi 9 vs Las Monjitas 8
Audi
  Name
 Hcp
Marc Ganzi
1
Gonzalo Pieres Jr.
9
Facundo Pieres
10
Nicolás Pieres
5
 Total 
26
Las Monjitas
  Name
 Hcp
Camilo Bautista
0
Adam Snow
8
Eduardo Novillo Astrada Jr.
9
Ignacio Novillo Astrada
8
 Total 
26

2008 Winner
Crab Orchard 15 vs Las Monjitas 12
Crab Orchard
  Name
 Hcp
George Rawlings
1
Nachi Heguy
9
Adolfo Cambiaso
10
Jeff Blake
6
 Total 
26
Las Monjitas
  Name
 Hcp
Camilo Bautista
0
Eduardo Novillo Astrada Jr.
9
Javier Novillo Astrada
9
Ignacio Novillo Astrada
8
 Total 
26

2007 Winner
Crab Orchard 14 vs Jedi 13
Crab Orchard
  Name
 Hcp
George Rawlings
0
Matias Magrini
9
Adolfo Cambiaso
10
David Stirling Jr.
8
 Total 
27
Jedi
  Name
 Hcp
Torsten Koch
1
Pablo MacDonough
9
Juan Martin Nero
9
Cristian Laprida jr.
7
 Total 
26

2006 Winner
Las Monjitas 12 vs Orchard Hill 6
Las Monjitas
  Name
 Hcp
Camilo Bautista
0
Adam Snow
9
Eduardo Novillo Astrada
9
Ignacio Novillo Astrada
8
 Total 
26
Orchard Hill
  Name
 Hcp
Steve Van Andel
0
Hector Galindo
8
Jeff Hall
8
Francisco de Narvaez jr .
9
 Total 
25
2005 Winner
White Birch 11 vs Skeeterville
Skeeterville
  Name
 Hcp
 Skeeter Johnston (us)
2
 Julio Arellano (us)
8
 Owen Rinehart (us)
8
 Lucas Monteverde (arg)
8
 Total 
26
White Birch
  Name
 Hcp
 Julio Gracida (us)
3
 Lucas Criado (arg)
9
 Mariano Aguerre (arg)
10
 Del Carrol Walton (us)
4
 Total 
26
2004 Winner
Isla Carroll 10 vs White Birch 6
Isla Carroll
  Name
 Hcp
 Sugar Erskine (za)
8
 Francisco Bensadon (arg)
8
 Guillermo Gracida (us)
9
 John Goodman (us)
1
 Total 
26
White Birch
  Name
 Hcp
 Del Carrol Walton (us)
3
 Lucas Criado (arg)
9
 Mariano Aguerre (arg)
10
 Peter Brant (us)
4
 Total 
26
2003 Winner
C Spear 14 vs Lechuza 7
C Spear
  Name
 Hcp
 Tommy Boyle (us)
2
 Jeff Hall (us)
7
 Carlos Gracida (us)
9
 Matias Magrini (arg)
8
 Total 
26
Lechuza
  Name
 Hcp
 Victor Vargas (ven)
2
 Sebastian Merlos (arg)
10
 Juan I.Merlos (arg)
10
 Jorge Rodriguez (arg)
4
 Total 
26
2002 Winner
Coca Cola 13 vs Orchard Hill 10
Coca Cola
  Name
 Hcp
 Gillian Johnston (us)
1
 Adam Snow (us)
9
 Miguel Novillo Astrada (arg)
9
 Tommy Biddle (us)
7
 Total 
26
Orchard Hill
  Name
 Hcp
 Jeff Hall (us)
7
 Julio Arellano (us)
8
 Eduardo Heguy (arg)
10
 Steve Van Andel (us)
1
 Total 
26
2001 Winner
2001 Winner
Outback 14 vs Orchard Hill 12
Outback
  Name
 Hcp
 Santiago Chavanne (arg)
7
 Fabio Diniz (br)
8
 Adolfo Cambiaso (arg)
10
 Chirs Gannon (us)
1
 Total 
26
Orchard Hill
  Name
 Hcp
 Sugar Erskine (za)
7
 Julio Arellano (us)
8
 Eduardo Heguy (arg)
10
 Kristy Waters (us)
1
 Total 
26